Friday, April 26, 2013

Review: Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel: Ten Twisted Tales

Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel: Ten Twisted Tales
Shooting Monkeys in a Barrel: Ten Twisted Tales by S.G. Browne

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

The comparison to Christopher Moore has to be made first. After that, we'll I think it might be more of a three star read, in terms of the language, but I loved the ideas behind all of the stories. Particularly the last one, Zombie Giggalo, because I've never been so grossed out while reading!

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Monday, April 22, 2013

Review: The Night Eternal

The Night Eternal
The Night Eternal by Guillermo del Toro

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

This was pretty decent and all, but I really found it dragged. It was like I hit a point where it seemed so obvious what had to happen but there was a substantial percentage of the book still to read. And, total spoiler but the bit at the end when Eph and Zack die felt like such a cop out to me. I wanted some sort of dramatic showdown, or an after where they have to improve on their clearly fucked up selves, but nope. They just get to stare into each other's eyes and croak.

Oh, and I am now SUCH a kindle convert. It took me a wee while to get used to it, but now, I'm in. I managed to read the end of this while standing in the rain waiting for the hashers to finish trail, and I could not have held the umbrella and an actual book at the same time.

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Wednesday, April 10, 2013

Review: Choke Collar

Choke Collar
Choke Collar by Margaret Atwood

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

It's interesting to get to review a story in parts like this because while the first installment was a 5* read for me, this one was only 3. It's not bad, at all, but it focuses more on building up to an interesting thing than being about interesting things. It left off on an interesting note, though, so I look forward to the next.

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Saturday, April 06, 2013

Review: The Fall

The Fall
The Fall by Guillermo del Toro

My rating: 0 of 5 stars

I read this book in tiny slivers - ten minutes in the cab to work in the mornings, twenty minutes during a break at work, another chunk on subways or buses before I got too tired to concentrate.

It was really good. It's been awhile since I read The Strain and it took me a bit to get into the story line again. The focus in this book was to take the world to the absolute worst case scenario, so the next one should be interesting. I assume based on the authors that this may become a movie and I think it would be really good.

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Review: I'm Starved for You

I'm Starved for You
I'm Starved for You by Margaret Atwood

My rating: 0 of 5 stars

It's been ages since I've had the time to read for fun, so at work when I had a Friday with only an hour and a half of classes and nothing really to prep, I started this.

It was great. I loved the way she dropped me into the story and slowly let the world unfold, but I think I also just loved reading again. I'm glad it was short - one afternoon at work and the bus home and maybe another 15 minutes as I ate dinner and it was done.

Looking forward to the rest of the Positron series.

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